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88 | 89 ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE TOPIC GREENTECH – A SECTOR WITH A FUTURE Both the economy and the labour market are Overall the latter is shaped by small to me- benefitting from the leading role Germany dium-size enterprises, though corporations plays in technologies for environmental pro- such as Siemens are important players. Under tection, renewable energies, and the efficient the label “GreenTech Made in Germany” the use of resources. The environment sector is companies are posting considerable export making a considerable contribution to sus- successes; their share of the global market is tainable growth and is helping the develop- around 15 percent. With an “Environmental ment of new technologies – in the fields of Technology Export Initiative” Germany in- energy generation, ICT, and materials tech- tends to improve its situation still further nology. Around t wo million people work in and would like to position itself primarily as the environmental technology sector; al- an integrated solutions provider. most every fifth job is labelled “green”. This puts Germany among the ten leading coun- Electromobility will be an important tries in terms of empl oyment in the various future issue in the environmental sector segments of the renewable energy sector. Electromobility is also expected to give environmental and climate protection a further boost. The electromobility of the future NUMBER 1.79 million kilometres is the length of the German national grid. You could circumnavigate the globe at the Equator 45 times using the cables. The vast majority of the grid, namely a total of 1.44 million kilometres or 80 percent, is underground. Around 350,000 kilometres are power lines. The supra-regional highvoltage lines are 34,810 kilometres long. About 2,650 kilometres of new power lines are being planned as part of the Energy Reform. → bundesnetzagentur.de is likewise a key issue being addressed today in China, Japan, and North America. The Federal Government and the automotive industry are jointly pursuing the ambitious goal of making Germany the leading market for electromobility and locking into the immense potential this global market has to offer. The plan is for there to be around one million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020, helping lower carbon dioxide emissions still further, a sixth of which stems from road traffic. The German car manufacturers are addressing e-mobility concepts in great depth and have around 29 electric models in their ranges (as at the end of 2015), including vehicles such as the